Hunters Point Power Plant closure party
ends past lack of cooperation
Quiets timely contention
Bayview-Hunters Point residents arrive by private transportation
to attend a party commemorating the closure of PG&E's Hunters
Point power plant. New PG&E transmission lines preceded closure.
WE DID IT - Off switch emblematic of decades long community, PG&E,
and City effort to find a better way. Smiles from left, James
Bryant, president of the A Philip Randolph Institute; Linda Richardson,
chair of Close it! Coalition; District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell;
elected representative of Hunters Point; and Tom King, president
Plant closure brought an end to past conflict and quieted timely
contention. Don't look at former Mayor Willie Brown whose administration
backed plant closure - look at Mayor Gavin Newsom and District
Attorney Kamala Harris.
By Pat Murphy
Copyright fogcityjournal.com 2006
May 24, 2006
Rain clouds literally parted over the once polluting Hunters
Point Power Plant moments before those who once glared at each
other joined hands to officially shut it down Tuesday.
years of service, the plant ceased production May 15 but all
involved needed yesterday's buffet party to break bread together
in celebration and relief.
Some 400 people attended with the dais so packed with participant
luminaries it would have constituted audience size and lesser
Dais did not buckle.
Approximately 30 acres of prime San Francisco land is now ripe
for development with the City having first rights of refusal.
Civic leader James Bryant hailed neighborhood involved in that
coming land use decision as now possible, and looked back to a
time when chances for participation "were slim to none."
James Bryant, president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute in
"I want to respect the face that PG&E has kept their
word, has followed this process through, to see this closing of
plant," stated Bryant.
"When we all started working on this process the chances
of having everybody in this community getting together was slim
"The more I went around to this community... it occurred
to me that this wasn't a real problem at all.
"Every single person, whether they agreed on how to reach
the goal of closing this plant, everyone had the goal to close
this power plant, and today... as I was saying to someone earlier
'You know we had a little rain this morning... but at twelve noon
the sun popped out.
"And all of the people who are now here of many multitudes,
of many backgrounds are all here today to join in and be part
of this great movement, this great moment and this great time."
PG&E president Tom King praised community tenacity.
"The closing ceremony of Hunters Point Power Plant marks
the commitment of many individuals to find an alternative source
of energy for San Francisco and to created an environmentally
conscious means of doing so," King said.
PG&E president Tom King, right, joins San Francisco Mayor
in look out over celebration crowd.
Mayor Gavin Newsom noted San Francisco may now move toward making
the community "healthier and stronger."
Tuesday marked beginning of a healthier and strong community,
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom pledged.
"Today is an historic day for San Francisco and most especially
for the people of our Southeast neighborhoods," reported
"We are here today, thanks to the heroic efforts of this
community and the commitment by PG&E and the City to make
our community healthier and stronger."
District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell.
Civil Service Commission President, Linda Richardson